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Anytime you step away from your computer, lock the screen by holding down "Windows Logo"+"L". Your password will have to be re-entered before anyone can gain access to your computer.
You should change your UWF password at least once a semester. You can change your password from My Account in MyUWF (my.uwf.edu). When selecting a new password, choose one that cannot easily be obtained using common password guessing techniques. Follow the guidelines below:
Most importantly, keep your password secure. Don't leave your password in a location where it could be seen by others. Don't share your password. Don't allow Windows or any other software to "remember" your password.
Creating backups, or copies, of your files will allow you to restore your data in case the original is compromised by a virus or other computer problem. Your UWF-provided H: and I: drives are backed up regularly, making them a great place to store your work. You can access backups taken up to three weeks ago.
Alternatives to your H and I drives are portable USB or flash drives. All current computers have at least 1 USB port for use. For increased security, you should store these backups in a different location than your computer. When using this method, you should create a schedule and perform a backup of important documents at least once a week.
Hardware and software can introduce malicious programs to your computer. Only install hardware and software from a trusted source. If in doubt, contact the ITS Help Desk for advice. UWF faculty and staff should only install software approved by Information Technology Services. No personally owned hardware or software should ever be installed on University-owned computers.
Software vendors release periodic updates that contain patches, fixes, and improvements for their programs. These updates help protect your computer against viruses and intruders. To make sure that your copy of Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office remains current, the ITS Help Desk recommends using Windows Updates.
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